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Kinghood

The Fourpointe Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: David A. Nickerson
Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
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In a medieval land four identical brothers, in the guise of one prince, battle a mysterious evil. 

A riveting tale of fantasy and adventure, Kinghood follows the secret lives of quadruplets Symon, Dawkin, Ely, and Gerry. Since birth, they have taken turns serving as their island’s monarch-in-waiting, Prince Jameson. Through careful planning, they have managed to cultivate the image of a perfect royal, a rising star within their kingdom. Handsome. Strong. Intelligent. Charismatic. A natural-born leader. 

But such an icon has come at a cost. The alliance between brothers is fragile and taut, with each different in personality and ambition, eager to make their own mark on the world. 

In the midst of this darkness and intrigue, their father the king is assassinated. Chaos ensues. Allies talk of usurping the throne while murderers and plotters seem to stalk every corner. Forced to put aside their differences, the brothers unite to face their enemies and rise as one.

©2018 Joshua Rutherford (P)2019 Joshua Rutherford

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For all it’s faults, it’s an enjoyable listen.

In all honesty, I don’t get why they hide and pretend to be 1 person? Just doesn’t make sense to me and no one seems to have addressed the sleeping arrangements when they’re married!?
That being said, it’s a really pleasant listen, and the story is entertaining although there’s a lot of story without much happening.
I love the narrator, he has a very ‘storyteller of olde’ vibe and could listen to him all day. His voices are good, although his females are distorted and sound a bit chipmunk like.
I didn’t feel the special effects lent much to the story and at times they were too loud and overwhelmed the narration. Unfortunately the inner thought special effects were far too quiet and I missed a lot of what they were saying which probably spoilt it the most for me.
Again, an enjoyable listen and I wouldn’t hesitate to listen to either narrator or author again, despite my comments above.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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Technical issues undermined the book

I should start by saying that the narrator was excellent and the voice perfect for this style of book. It felt like the narrator was one of the characters retelling the story.

However, there were some major issues with the performance that undermined it. Firstly, there was some sort of stylisation applied to the voice that made it very difficult to listen to through my (low quality) headphones. Listening with any type of background noise was almost impossible. Secondly, there were regular sound effects with varied quality, at times these really added to the ambiance, tolling bells for example, but others included sword fighting that distracted and competed with the narrator. Finally, and perhaps controversially, there was music throughout whilst the narrator is talking. Whilst, it added to the ambiance, for me it was also distracting, as I found myself starting to listen to the music rather than the book. It also makes it impossible to accelerate the playback speed.

Overall, a well narrated book with an interesting twist but undermined by the added effects.

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Great fantasy

I really enjoyed this book. It's a fantasy adventure story with characters that are very interesting and entertaining. The narrator was excellent with bringing the story to life.

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Kinghood: An epic story.

I was given a free copy of this book, and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

Firstly the story itself. It's a great fantasy adventure, plenty if action and full of twists and turns, it's very interesting and entertaining. The characters are very likeable and brought to life with great narration.

The narration. David Nickerson has done an amazing job giving each character individualailty and brining them to life.

The effects: The sound effects are great, giving you a cinematic experience whilst having the enjoyment of a great fantasy adventure.

Over all it's a very enjoyable and well worth checking out.

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amazing book not just for teens

In a medieval land four identical brothers, in the guise of one prince, battle a mysterious evil.
amazing book from start to finish hocked by chapter 1 well written by Joshua Rutherford
Narrated by: David A. Nickerson who brought everything to life can't wait for book 2

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  • Thugsnarf 3000
  • 17-09-19

I may try the text version instead of audio

The story seems great - I love the premise, and the parts of the writing that I could focus on were great, but I just couldn't get past the audio style of this book. I love the narrators voice, but add in non-stop music and constant sound effects, and I was taken out of the story most of the time instead of it enveloping further. The effect of characters internal dialogue was especially distracting, unnecessary, and hard to understand. I gave the book a good 5 hours, as I can tell there is a good story there, but I just couldn't stay focused on it. I may seek out a text version instead of audio, and will probably try other audiobooks from the same author. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have left my honest review.

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  • Holly
  • 12-09-19

A promising story with not-great narration

I really really wanted to love this book. The summary sounded like everything I'd love in a book, and the sample sounded pretty good as well. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get too far into the story. I didn't realize the narration had sound effects--which of themselves aren't a bad idea, and I've listened to books with sound effects done well, like a lot of the Star Wars stories. But the effects here weren't done very well. An internal thought echo effect here was off-putting enough that I had to turn the book off almost every time it came up. I've very very rarely come across a book I couldn't listen to in around 800 audiobooks read, and never before had an issue with a book after thinking the sample sounded okay.

I gave listening a good eight or nine tries, hoping it would get better, before I had to put this one down and sadly move on. I gave the story four stars because it sounded great from the description, and I really wish I could have read it.

If you're sensitive to sounds or don't like sound effects in a narration, you might read with caution until you've found if you can handle this one or not.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have left my honest review.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 06-09-19

Great Listen!

Masterful story and narration that is reminiscent off a bard telling a tale in a tavern!

This book tells a story with a different twist to the genera. It is well done and a fun read.

A great way to spend a weekend.

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  • Digital Rogue
  • 27-08-19

Good story

Rutherford writes an excellent adventure full intrigue and mystery.

Nickerson does a good job of narrating the story and the overall production on the audiobook is superb.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.  

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  • cora
  • 23-12-19

Slow

I had a very hard time following this book in fact I didn’t finish it it was so slow. I’m sorry but it may interest some and it would interest me if it were a little more action.

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  • Margaret
  • 11-11-19

Unnecessary excessive sound effects

I gave the story 3 stars because I’m unable to give a true opinion. This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I have to admit, I’ve tried twice to get into this book. I really want to listen to this book, but I can’t stand the audio version. If it is redone without all the unnecessary sound effects I’d jump to listen. There are sections with only background music (which was also unnecessary, yet nice) and I was able to start get into it, but then there’d be more disruptive extra sound effects.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( David A. Nickerson ) and I would listen to another if it is just his narration without the excessive sound effects. I think he does okay reading the book. The narrative style is good, but some character voices are not very distinct, some are. Despite this, I think It would have been okay. (His voice reminds me of Sir Patrick Stewart).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Janalyn
  • 29-10-19

Masterful and entertaining!

Land at the getting in inheritance and thinks his life will be better after only knowing war from a child to adulthood. If only he knew that he would one day cry for home as the war he grew up with was fought against other men. The new war he will experience is not. Did I say this book was phenomenal it is it is awesome and the narration with the sound effects only makes it better. Try to listen on surroundsound or a Bluetooth speaker it is awesome. Just my opinion. What a great execution of a phenomenal sci-fi novel. I was first drawn in by the four brothers who rule as one Prince in the king who gave them all their own separate territories while ruling together. But that is just a minor minor part of this book. I’d like to say my favorite part was the ending, but they had so many great parts I really can’t say. I can’t say this book is awesome anyone who like sci-fi and good against evilWith a little magic woven in will love this book. There’s also a plot line where a guy thinks he is moving to the main

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  • Historical Graffiti/ACME Teen Books/Dark N Twisty
  • 23-09-19

Exciting and Novel Approach to Epic Medieval Tale

I loved this epic medieval tale of quadruplet brothers. It follows their efforts to live up to their father's legacy and plans for the future...as one Prince. It was a fascinating premise. Josh's world building skills were unparalleled and I was completely immersed in this action-filled adventure. I HIGHLY recommend it to lovers of books along the lines of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

David Nickerson does THE BEST job as 'The Storyteller' for that's just what he does. Interspersed with the wonderful sound effects, all that was missing was for my eyes to "see", it was that spectacular.

This is a DON'T MISS IT Book. 5 Plus STARS!!

I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 29-08-19

Entertaining read

Fun read that features royal siblings and the challenges that brings. The book includes detailed descriptions that allowed me to envision both the setting and the characters. I enjoyed the story and twists. The one thing that I would have changed were the audio effects which were unneeded and took away from the story. Otherwise I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend the series to other readers. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Joliet Jill
  • 29-08-19

Great Story and Characters

This is an amazing book!! I really liked how the author approached the royal bloodline. The story is really good and draws you in; I finished the 18 hour book in 2 days.

The narrator was not what I was expecting but I enjoyed listening to him. There are a lot of effects, sounds, and audio additions included in this story. I do not like sound effects in my audio books but I won't let the production of the book take away from my review.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."